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Orange Amplifiers Crush Pro CR120H 120W Guitar Amp Head  Orange

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The Orange Crush CR120 is a 120W solid-state amp head that offers the tonal clarity and definition players adore in an Orange amplifier. The Crush CR...Read More

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A 120W analog, solid-state, two channel amp that's at home at rehearsal and on stage.

The Orange Crush CR120 is a 120W solid-state amp head that offers the tonal clarity and definition players adore in an Orange amplifier. The Crush CR120 amp is part of the Crush range, marking Orange's first foray into the world of high power, solid-state amplifiers. Orange have spent years creating a solid-state amp they could be proud of.

The Orange team wanted to keep these amp simple. The dirty channel uses a circuit based on four stages of gain and a three-band EQ, which provides the player with a wide pallet of over-driven and distorted sounds. The clean channel is based on a two-stage, two-band EQ design that gives the player a clean but warm sound, which, when cranked, begins to break up.

These amps have a transparent effects loop, allowing you to plug in your favorite pedals. It also contains a digital reverb that provides a natural-sounding spring, hall or plate reverb.

FEATURES
  • Power: 120W (solid state)
  • Two channels
  • Digital reverb
  • Clean channel controls: Volume, Bass and Treble
  • Dirty channel controls: Volume, Bass, Middle, Treble and Gain
  • Global controls: Volume and Reverb
  • Impedance: 2x16 ohms
  • Dimensions: 21.65" x 22.5" x 9.84"
  • Weight: 31.75 lbs.

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Orange AmplifiersCrush Pro CR120H 120W Guitar Amp Head
 
4.8

(based on 22 reviews)

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (20)
  • Excellent sound (20)
  • Good power output (20)
  • Warm / comfy (16)
  • Portable (12)

Cons

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  • Performances (19)
  • Outdoor events / games (15)
  • Home studio (13)
  • Amateur recording (9)
  • Professional recording (9)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (15), Novice (3), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Review Part II - Rockerverb comparison

This is my second review. This time Im comparing it directly my recently acquired RV50C.

As I said before, the CR120 is an amazing head. If anything, I like...Read complete review

This is my second review. This time Im comparing it directly my recently acquired RV50C.

As I said before, the CR120 is an amazing head. If anything, I like the amp even more. The one change I would make to my previous review is the clean channel is much more than adequate. It actually is very good.

To start, the sound of the rockerverb is bigger and more dynamic than the CR120. But, I did a thorough study and found I could get to CR120 to sound very similar to the RV50.

The RV50C has two Vintage 30s. I hooked the CR120 to a 1x12 with an EVH Greenback and a 4x12 with Celestion Greenbacks. I started with the 1x12 which is rated for only 20W. I set both amps to same volume (not bedroom...more practice level) and played through an AB switch. I used a Gibson Les Paul Std.

I set the tone of the RV to my favorite hi gain setting and was able to tweak the EQ on the CR120 to get pretty darn close. I most certainly got in the Orange Rockerverb range. The CR120 is a true tone machine. I then tested the clean side. Again I was able to get close though tube amps audio is always more organic. The tube reverb on the RV is much better than the digital reverb on the CR ( which is more than adequate).

I had less success with the 4x12 with greenbacks though I again was able to achieve vintage Orange tones. I recommend you pair this head with an orange cab with Vintage 30s. The amp is definitely voiced to their cabs and Vintage 30s. I think Orange 2x12 would be enough and would sound great. Note- I've never used a Voice of the World speaker so no comment the matching 4x12 Orange recommends.

In conclusion, the CR120H is a great piece of kit that gets you for sure into vintage Orange tones! You will certainly get in the Rockerverb neighborhood especially with an orange cab with V30s. I'm actually surprised Orange made this amp so good. Sure the RV is awesome and was the tones I was trying to match. The CR120 gets you about 80 % there on the dirty side and maybe 70% there on the clean channel. What Orange did is polar opposite of what Marshall does. The Marshall MG line is light years from their more expensive tube amps. I've playedthe MGCFX100H significantly and it is not at all in the neighborhood of a JVM or even their imported DSL line. Orange, and good on them, made a solid state amp that has most of the MOJO of their flag ship amp.

So, if you want Orange Rockerverb but don't have the budget, the CR120 gets you pretty close.

Again, Great Job Orange Amplification !! I can't recommend this amp enough for the budget minded guitarist who wants to enjoy that Orange sound.

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I didn't like it much.

The clean channel is very good, but the overdrive leaves a lot to be desired. You are much better off with the OR15 instead which has a much better crunch, plus its much...Read complete review

The clean channel is very good, but the overdrive leaves a lot to be desired. You are much better off with the OR15 instead which has a much better crunch, plus its much lighter and portable.

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4.0

Delicious

By Jesus

from Stl

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Good Warmth
  • Powerful

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Orange Amplifiers Crush Pro CR120H 120W Guitar Amp Head:

    Great warm signature orange tone ! Super straight forward , and you don't have to deal with flipping through tons of complicated screens on most solid state amps these days. Only downside is that IT DOES NOT DO WELL IN A BAND MIX! I find when I use it with a band it just gets lost even with the mids cracked up all the way. It sounds good with a bass and drums , but once another guitar is brought in , the orange is just drowned out. If you play mostly in your bedroom , it's great and can do bedroom and stage volumes .

     
    5.0

    Amazing solid state head!

    By DOOM DADDY

    from Ukiah Ca

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Good Warmth
    • Portable
    • Powerful

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Orange Amplifiers Crush Pro CR120H 120W Guitar Amp Head:

      I use this amp for everything it rules! Can't beat the price ! Warm Orange goodness !!!!
      Best solid state amplifier I have ever heard ! All 3 Reverbs are awesome ! The clean is awesome! The gain is awesome! Order this head !!! It won't let you down ! Plug in turn it on and rock !

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Simple, 3 types of Reverb

      By AL

      from North Carolina

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Powerful

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio
        • Performances

        Comments about Orange Amplifiers Crush Pro CR120H 120W Guitar Amp Head:

        I really like simple amps such as this amp head. Both the clean & dirty channels sound great; in addition you get 3 types of reverb, which is essential to a complete & elegant sound. Need less to say it's got power.
        Have not pushed it to it's limits but at low to medium volume it sounds fantastic!

        (1 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        I didn't like it much.

        By Gary in Detroit

        from Detroit, MI

        Comments about Orange Amplifiers Crush Pro CR120H 120W Guitar Amp Head:

        The clean channel is very good, but the overdrive leaves a lot to be desired. You are much better off with the OR15 instead which has a much better crunch, plus its much lighter and portable.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Well worth it

        By Scott

        from Charlotte, NC

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • Good Warmth
        • Powerful

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Events
          • Performances

          Comments about Orange Amplifiers Crush Pro CR120H 120W Guitar Amp Head:

          This amp is fantastic and actually very versatile. I was looking for a decent solid state amp that could get warm, natural sounding dirty tones without being overdone like a lot of solid state amps and this is the one! Very happy with my purchase.

           
          5.0

          Wonderful

          By Vern

          from Covington ga

          About Me Novice

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound
          • Good Warmth
          • Powerful

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Performances

            Comments about Orange Amplifiers Crush Pro CR120H 120W Guitar Amp Head:

            Wonderful

            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Not bad

            By Gary in Detroit

            from Detroit, MI

            About Me Novice

            Pros

            • Easy To Use

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Orange Amplifiers Crush Pro CR120H 120W Guitar Amp Head:

                Clean channel was really nice sounding, especially with some reverb and delay in the loop. The overdrive channel was pretty good, but I'm fortunate enough to have an engl thunder and marshall jvm, so I decided to return the amp. However, this amp would do just fine for those not looking to shell out alot of money on a tube amp.

                (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                I would tell anyone to buy one !!!!

                By Tracy

                from martinsburg W.V.

                About Me Professional Musician

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Excellent Sound
                • Powerful

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Events
                  • Performances

                  Comments about Orange Amplifiers Crush Pro CR120H 120W Guitar Amp Head:

                  What Sound this makes, it's great !!

                  (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Colorful tone, Versatile and LOUD.

                  By Bedroom Rockstar

                  from Cameron, North Carolina

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                  Ask me a question

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Excellent Sound
                  • Good Warmth
                  • Portable
                  • Powerful

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Events
                    • Home Studio
                    • Performances
                    • Professional Recording

                    Comments about Orange Amplifiers Crush Pro CR120H 120W Guitar Amp Head:

                    Hi! BedRock here…
                    I'm going to examine this amp from a different angle. I'm an electronic guitarist. My original music is a combination of classic rock and electronic/ambient. I have a large pedalboard and a multi-fx device to go in the effects loop. I also play a guitar synth. I've had four tube amplifiers and, though they were good, I couldn't get them to sound good with the effects. A tube amp has too much of its own character and mangles my pedals. I need an amp that sounds warm while also having an otherwise even frequency response. I've played on a lot of old Peavey SS amps and what they lack in clarity and dynamic range they put back in warmth.
                    I my search, this was the only head to survive the consumer reviews that compared the CR120H to it's Fender, Marshall and Pod6 counterparts. I reasoned that a company known for its boutique tube amps wouldn't put their coat of arms on a mediocre product. I was correct.
                    Unlike most guitarists, I was more concerned with the clean channel than the crunch channel. No mid control? Just turn up the bass and treble to balance it. The clean channel has plenty of shimmer and "jangle" when you turn the treble up. Just what a Rick 12 needs. Turn it down and the EQ is both level and clear, so my pedals at the front end sound just as they're supposed to.
                    My multi-fx unit connected to the effects loop works very well. Tip: If you use a multi-fx and your unit has amp modeling, you might have to have an amp model selected to get any volume or tone at all. If you choose a neutral-sounding one, like a Fender Twin or the manufacturer's clean amp, the result will sound just like the CR120H by itself. Adjust the tone controls of the model to sound as neutral as possible.
                    The crunch channel was a pleasant surprise. I wasn't expecting to get much from it besides modern high-gain shred. I could get that AND a nice smooth 70's Marshall. For me, the amp sounds best with the tone controls around 12:00. Any variation is due to my guitar.

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Amazing

                    By Dane

                    from Philadelpha, PA

                    About Me Experienced

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Excellent Sound
                    • Good Warmth
                    • Portable
                    • Powerful

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Orange Amplifiers Crush Pro CR120H 120W Guitar Amp Head:

                        I was looking for a solid state for reliability and am blown away at how amazing this thing sounds. I might go back to tubes some day, but this thing does everything I need. It didn't take my distortion pedals very well, but I was able to dial in the tone I wanted on the dirty channel so that's not a problem at all. All of my other pedals sound amazing through the clean channel, which is stunning by the way. Highly recommended.

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